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2009 Minnesota Vikings season

2009 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Brad Childress
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC North
Playoff finish Won NFC Divisional Playoff (Cowboys) 34–3
Lost NFC Championship Game (at Saints) 28-31 (OT)
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros
4
  • RB Adrian Peterson (1st team)
  • G Steve Hutchinson (1st team)
  • DE Jared Allen (1st team)
  • DT Kevin Williams (1st team)
Uniform

The 2009 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 49th season in the NFL. The Vikings improved upon their 10–6 record and defended their NFC North title from 2008; it was the first time that they had retained a divisional title since they won six NFC Central titles in a row between 1973 and 1978. They beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Playoff, but lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, missing out on what would have been their first Super Bowl since 1976.

It was their fourth season under the direction of head coach Brad Childress, and they played their home games at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings had ten Pro Bowlers and four All-Pros on their roster, both league-highs for the season.

Offseason

Player and personnel moves

Quarterback Brett Favre announced that he would not sign with the Minnesota Vikings on July 28, 2009, after much speculation that he would. However, on August 18, Favre signed a 2-year contract worth $25 million with the Vikings.

Releases and injuries

On February 18, the team released running back Maurice Hicks.

On February 27, the team released quarterback Gus Frerotte.

On March 3, the team released linebacker Vinny Ciurciu.

On March 4, free agent center Matt Birk left the Vikings to join the Baltimore Ravens.

On March 18, free agent safety Darren Sharper left the Vikings to join the New Orleans Saints.

Signings and extensions

On February 24, the team re-signed cornerback Charles Gordon to a 1-year $1 million contract.

On February 26, the team re-signed defensive end Jayme Mitchell to a 2-year deal.

On February 27, the Vikings traded a 2009 4th round pick to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels. They then signed Rosenfels to a 2-year $9 million contract extension that will run through 2011.

On February 27, the team re-signed tight end Jim Kleinsasser to a 3-year $9 million contract.

On March 6, the team re-signed linebacker Heath Farwell to a 3-year $7.75 million contract.

On March 9, the team re-signed cornerback Benny Sapp to a 1-year contract.

On March 11, the team re-signed defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy to a 1-year contract.

On March 19, the Vikings signed cornerback Karl Paymah and wide receiver Glenn Holt.

On March 21, cornerback Cedric Griffin signed a 3-year contract extension.

On March 27, the team matched the Bengals' offer sheet for RFA fullback Naufahu Tahi.

On March 31, the team re-signed defensive end Otis Grigsby to a 1-year deal.

On April 6, the team re-signed defensive tackle Fred Evans to a 1-year deal.

On July 24, Antoine Winfield and the Vikings agreed on a 5-year extension through the 2013 season.

On August 18, after months of negotiations, the team signed formerly retired quarterback Brett Favre.

2009 Draft

Main article: 2009 NFL draft

The Vikings had five selections in the 2009 NFL Draft; they had traded their fourth-round selection to the Houston Texans for quarterback Sage Rosenfels and, back in 2007, they had traded their sixth-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Kelly Holcomb. In 2008, they received an extra 2009 seventh-round selection from the Washington Redskins for defensive end Erasmus James, but they used that extra pick to move from spot #158 to #150 in the fifth round.

The Vikings' top two selections, WR Percy Harvin and OT Phil Loadholt, both soon became 1st string players, while Jasper Brinkley finished the season as the team's starting MLB after E.J. Henderson suffered a broken leg in a Week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Harvin was also voted the Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named as the NFC's starting kick returner for the 2010 Pro Bowl on January 31, 2010.

=Pro Bowler
2009 Minnesota Vikings Draft
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 22 22 Percy Harvin WR 5–11 192 Florida 5 years
2 22 54 Phil Loadholt OT 6–8 332 Oklahoma 4 years
3 22 86 Asher Allen CB 5–9 194 Georgia 4 years
4 22 122 Traded to the Houston TexansHubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: August 21
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,782
  • Referee: Ron Winter (14)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

  • KC – Ryan Succop 32-yard field goal, 5:56. Chiefs 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 38 yards, 4:36.

Second quarter

Third quarter

  • KC – Ryan Succop 37-yard field goal, 5:36. Chiefs 13–7. Drive: 16 plays, 64 yards, 7:46.
  • MIN – Darius Reynaud 64-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson (Taylor Mehlhaff kick), 4:03. Vikings 14–13. Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:33.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Taylor Mehlhaff 29-yard field goal, 8:37. Vikings 17–13. Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 5:19.

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Brett Favre made his Minnesota Vikings debut, going 1–4 for just four yards and no first downs converted in his two series under center; he nonetheless got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at the Metrodome. Tarvaris Jackson completed two touchdowns, a 13-yard score to Visanthe Shiancoe and a 64-yarder to Darius Reynaud.




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Week 3: at Houston Texans

Preseason Week 3: Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 7 10 0017
Texans 0 10 0010

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: August 31
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C) (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 70,191
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers (51)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 36-yard field goal, 10:38. Vikings 10–0. Drive: 6 plays, 6 yards, 2:26.
  • HOU – Steve Slaton 4-yard run (Kris Brown kick), 3:38. Vikings 10–7. Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 7:00.
  • MIN – Chester Taylor 28-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick), 0:27. Vikings 17–7. Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 3:11.
  • HOU – Kris Brown 46-yard field goal, 0:00. Vikings 17–10. Drive: 4 plays, 37 yards, 0:27.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring plays

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

Brett Favre completed 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to RB Chester Taylor. Favre even got physical, laying a block (albeit an illegal one) on Texans safety Eugene Wilson.

Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Preseason Week 4: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 7 0 141435
Vikings 7 14 7331

at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 4
  • Game time: 7:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: None (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 62,334
  • Referee: Don Carey (126)
  • Recap, Game Book
Game information

First quarter

Second quarter

  • MIN – Ian Johnson 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 10:40. Vikings 14–7. Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards, 2:28.
  • MIN – Darius Reynaud 81-yard punt return (Ryan Longwell kick), 9:12. Vikings 21–7.

Third quarter

  • DAL – Pat Watkins 23-yard interception return (Nick Folk kick), 14:54. Vikings 21–14.
  • DAL – Steve Octavien 44-yard interception return (Nick Folk kick), 12:25. Tied 21–21.
  • MIN – Ian Johnson 2-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 5:33. Vikings 28–21. Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards, 2:30.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 41-yard field goal, 14:57. Vikings 31–21. Drive: 6 plays, 57 yards, 3:05.
  • DAL – Scott Chandler 4-yard pass from Rudy Carpenter (Nick Folk kick), 7:21. Vikings 31–28. Drive: 14 plays, 77 yards, 7:36.
  • DAL – Jesse Holley 82-yard punt return (Nick Folk kick), 2:51. Cowboys 35–31.

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

  • DAL – John Phillips – 3 rec, 75 yards
  • MIN – Bobby Williams – 2 rec, 53 yards

Regular season

As well as playing their NFC North rivals both at home and on the road, the Vikings were scheduled to face opponents from the AFC North and the NFC West. They were also handed fixtures against the Carolina Panthers from the NFC South and the New York Giants from the NFC East by virtue of having won their division in 2008. Based on their opponents' results in 2008, the Vikings had the second-easiest schedule in the league in 2009, with their opponents having won 42.0% of their games in 2008.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
Mall of America Field Recap
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Minnesota Vikings 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 470 312 W1
(5) Green Bay Packers 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 461 297 W2
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 327 375 W2
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 262 494 L6

Game summaries

Week 1: at Cleveland Browns

Week 1: Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Vikings 3 7 141034
Browns 3 10 0720

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information

First quarter

  • CLE – Phil Dawson 37-yard field goal, 11:28. Browns 3–0. Drive: 8 plays, 31 yards, 3:32.
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 21-yard field goal, 0:03. Tied 3–3. Drive: 12 plays, 46 yards, 6:52.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 11:09. Vikings 10–3. Drive: 4 plays, 23 yards, 1:47.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 20-yard field goal, 5:57. Vikings 10–6. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 5:12.
  • CLE – Joshua Cribbs 67-yard punt return (Phil Dawson kick), 1:30. Browns 13–10.

Third quarter

  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 10:07. Vikings 17–13. Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 4:53.
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 6-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick), 1:06. Vikings 24–13. Drive: 13 plays, 82 yards, 7:32.

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 37-yard field goal, 6:55. Vikings 27–13. Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 3:06.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 64-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), 5:58. Vikings 34–13. Drive: 1 play, 64 yards, 0:13.
  • CLE – Robert Royal 26-yard pass from Brady Quinn (Phil Dawson kick), 0:28. Vikings 34–20. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 2:35.

Passing

Rushing

Receiving

The Vikings began their season at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 1 interconference duel with the Cleveland Browns. In the first quarter, Minnesota trailed as Browns kicker Phil Dawson got a 37-yard field goal. The Vikings answered with kicker Ryan Longwell making a 21-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Minnesota took the lead as running back Adrian Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown run. Cleveland retook their lead as Dawson kicked a 20-yard field goal, along with wide receiver Joshua Cribbs returning a punt 67 yards for a touchdown.

In the third quarter, the Vikings took control as Peterson got a 1-yard touchdown run, along with quarterback Brett Favre completing a 6-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin. Afterwards, Minnesota put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter; Ryan Longwell nailed a 37-yard field goal, while Adrian Peterson got a 64-yard touchdown run. The Browns closed out the game with quarterback Brady Quinn completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to tight end Robert Royal.

With the win, the Vikings began their season at 1–0.

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